Tree Grants for Non-Profits

Are you a non-profit that wants to plant trees?

The Grow Boston Greener initiative is offering grants of $250 to $2,500 to plant and maintain new trees for non-profit organizations such as community development corporations, school foundations, community health centers and local open space and environmental groups.

Applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, February 12, 2010.  Awardees are encouraged to plant trees of a minimum of 2” caliper.  Trees must be planted by June 1, 2010.  For more information including applications, planting tips, and a list of suggested tree species appropriate for Boston’s climate, please go to

Free H1N1 Flu Shots at North End Health Center

Free H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinic Tuesday, December 15th 5-7 p.m Hanover Street (corner North Bennett) Adults 18-64 years old. You do not need to be insured or a patient...

Swim League Seeking Youth Participants


Swim Team Experience Not Necessary

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF,) the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency, is currently enrolling youth participants in a citywide competitive swimming league.

The annual league involves boys and girls ages 6-15. Participants must be able to swim one length of the swimming pool. The league is a developmental league and serves as an introduction to swimming competitively for most young swimmers so experience on a swim team is not necessary. The regular season meets are held on Fridays at 6:00 p.m., beginning on January 8th and the last one is scheduled for March 26th .

To sign up to participate, contact the center directly or call Boston Centers for Youth & Families at 617-635-4920 x2150 and speak with Tony Rosario, Aquatics Manager.

“10 Minutes with a Broom”

From the Clean Streets committee of NEWRA:

We all want a cleaner North End and Waterfront. To achieve this goal, we all need to work together to keep our sidewalks and gutters clean. We are asking all business owners and residents to join us in our “10 Minutes with a Broom” campaign and committ to making sure every day that the sidewalk and gutters outside your property are free of trash and cigarette butts.

If you would like to join in and be part of our neighborhood campaign, please sign up by emailing: (include your name and street address).
You can also get your neighbors involved using this sign-up sheet and give it to a Clean Street committee member at a meeting.

More information is available at the Clean Streets section of

Below is the list of neighbors and businesses that have already signed up for “10 Minutes with a Broom.”

Thank you for signing up for a cleaner North End/Waterfront neighborhood!

Michlewitz Testifies at Groundwater Protection Hearing has the story from the State's hearing on the Groundwater Protection Act. "A large part of Boston is built on filled land, and...

Plethora of City of Boston Programs

Here is a subset of various City of Boston programs that folks may be interested in:

“Toys for Tickets”: *In keeping with a successful holiday tradition in
Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that any driver issued a
non-public safety parking ticket on Boston’s streets on specific dates
in December, has the option of resolving their ticket by providing a toy
of equal or greater value than the fine on the ticket. For exact dates,

*Mayor’s Holiday Special: *Take advantage of the City of Boston’s one
stop holiday planning website and enjoy great discounts this Holiday
season. Over 8,000 half-price show tickets, great parking rates, store
discounts and more.

*Boston Offers Two Hours of Free Metered Parking This Holiday Season:
*In keeping with a popular tradition, the City of Boston is offering two
hours of free metered parking at each of the city’s parking meters on
Saturdays through Dec 27.

*Special State Election for the US Senate: *Do not forget to vote on Dec
8 in the Special Election Primary to fill Senator Kennedy's seat. To
vote in any election, you must send in your voter application form and
have it postmarked 20 days prior to the election. Remember that you must
be 18 years old by Election Day and a U.S. Citizen. To be eligible to
vote in the Special Election Final on Jan 19, you must register to vote
by Dec 30! Obtain a national mail voter registration form at
Our Vote Matters!: *Find the answers to questions asked by young voters.

*Harry Potter at Boston's Museum of Science: *Check out the Harry Potter
exhibit at the museum! It will offer fans a glimpse of costumes, props,
and more than 200 other authentic artifacts from the film sets—including
the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut, and the Gryffindor common room.  Through
Feb 25. Adult tickets $26 and children tickets $23.

*First Night 2010: *Bring in the New Year celebrating art and community
at this day long citywide festival. Perfect for Families! Get a first
night button as your ticket to entertainment! Dec 31, 1pm-12am. <>

Fallout from City Council Rat Hearing

Excerpts from the Boston Globe's coverage of yesterday's City Council hearing on the rodent problem with a focus on the North End area. "Rats are...

Hearing on State Bill to Protect Groundwater

On Tuesday, December 1, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture will hold a hearing on a landmark bill to...

Green Ticket Bill Vote Postponed to January by State Legislature

The State legislature ended its 2009 session last week without consideration of the Green Ticket Bill, which is now likely to be brought up...

Haymarket Cleanup Plan Video

WBZ recorded a video segment on the City's plan to install trash compactors at Haymarket to help clean up the area.

State Hearing Scheduled on Protecting Groundwater Levels

Residents on Fulton, Richmond and Commercial Streets are well aware of the work going on by Boston Water & Sewer regarding groundwater testing. They...

Clean Streets Committee Draws Crowd in Tackling Trash & Rat Issues

Where can you spend two hours talking trash, rats and dog waste? Yes, that’s right, only at NEWRA’s Clean Streets committee meeting.  A big group...